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Catalog 2013-2014
Financial Information
 

Types of Graduate Financial Aid

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: Non-credit based, Direct Unsubsidized loans are for students who do not demonstrate need, or who have exhausted their need-based aid before reaching their estimated cost of attendance. Students are required to pay the interest while in school, but they have the option to defer these interest payments until the loan enters repayment. Once a student drops to an enrollment status of less than half time, repayment on loans will begin.

Federal Work-Study: The Federal Work-Study Program is a federal program supported with matching funds from UNF. This program provides employment opportunities and work experience to students while they attend school. Students are paid an hourly rate on a bi-weekly basis. Students must demonstrate financial need through completion of the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and be enrolled in at least six credit hours.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans: The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a low-interest loan available to assist students admitted and enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. The student’s eligibility for a Direct Graduate PLUS loan is determined by a credit check conducted by the U.S. Department of Education.  An eligible graduate student may borrow up to the cost of education minus other aid. Students are required to pay the interest while in school but have the option to defer the interest payments until the loan enters repayment.  Once a student drops to an enrollment status of at less than half time, repayment on loans will begin.

Graduate Assistantships: A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to qualified students. Continuation of the award is based on the student’s satisfactory performance in both academic and assigned duties. Graduate students who wish to apply for assistantships should write to the chairperson of the department in which they plan to enroll. Graduate students must be enrolled in nine semester hours for fall and for spring or six semester hours for summer to be employed and classified as a graduate assistant.
 

TEACH Grant: Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Students who receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, are required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.  For additional information, please visit the TEACH website. To receive a TEACH Grant, students must meet the following criteria:  

  • Complete and submit an error-free Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov, although students do not have to demonstrate financial need.  
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.  
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.  
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).  
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).  
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.  

Graduate Matriculation Fee Waivers

The state of Florida funds a limited number of graduate matriculation fee waivers for graduate students who are on either graduate assistantships or fellowships. These matriculation fee waivers can be used to offset a portion of a graduate student’s in-state tuition. A student must be a fully-admitted graduate student to qualify under this program. Because each college administers this program using different requirements, students are encouraged to contact their individual college as early as possible to determine their eligibility.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers                                                                              

Out-of-State tuition may be waived for certain full- and part-time enrolled non-residents who have skills or abilities which will contribute to the academic environment of the University. UNF attracts a great majority of its students from Northeast Florida. In an effort to create a diversified student body, the University actively seeks a limited number of students who reside outside of Florida. Non-resident students should contact the individual college to apply. Awards are made based on the availability of funds.

Appeals Procedure

An appeal is a request for re-evaluation of the offer of financial assistance based upon changes in the circumstances reported on the application for financial aid. If a student believes that some aspect of his/her financial situation, which would affect the evaluation of financial need, was over-looked during the award process, the student is entitled to an appeal. To request an award re-evaluation, please contact One Stop Student Services. Appeals of financial aid offers are subject to federal, state, and University regulations, as well as available funds.